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There’s a strange phenomenon that happened to me when I finally started living in my own space: I became obsessed with looking at home decor on Pinterest. Home decor is like this whole new opportunity to put my personal identity on display and show everyone what my aesthetic is. Basically, it’s an outfit on steroids.
Unfortunately, like many young adults, my living situation changes pretty frequently, and I’m not really sure how big or small my first long-term residence will be. I’m assuming it will be small, both because of price and because I don’t put a huge priority on excessively large apartments/houses. I just need it to do it’s job and be cute. Ya feel me?
Right now I’m starting with my bedroom. Since I’m always going to have a bedroom, so there’s no risk of buying furniture that I won’t use at my next place. It’s starting to come together, but I still have a ways to go. I’m going for a minimalist look, which I’m hoping will help me relax and unwind at the end of the day. In brainstorming how I want the final product to look, I’ve come up with four basic rules to help you nail the minimalist look for yourself. Like pretty much everything else, it’s all about balance.
Keep the Bed Simple
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I used to have an IKEA bed with four drawers underneath for my clothes. When I bought it, I thought it would be a great purchase since it also meant that I wouldn’t need to buy a bureau.
To say I was wrong would be an understatement… taking it apart and putting it back together every year when I moved turned it into a wobbly squeaky nightmare. I eventually had to throw it away, and went looking for a better alternative. I do like the mattress on the floor look pictured above, but I really wanted some kind of under bed storage. What I found was a metal bed frame that was tall enough to put storage bins underneath, had a simple black frame, and even folded flat into two small (and light weight!) pieces. Perfect for if you move around a lot. It was less than $200 and I freaking love it.
Mix Styles and Centuries Within the Same Color Palette
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Minimalist rooms don’t need to be void of color. Just pick a few that go well together, and then mix and match accent pieces from different centuries and styles. This gives the room an eclectic touch, while still having that really nonchalant vibe that goes with minimalism.
Oh these old things? They were just lying around and I threw them together.
This is an area where I, admittedly, do not inherently shine. It can be really hard to picture how something is going to look paired with your existing belongings, especially when you aren’t even in the room where said piece is going to go. So, I’ve decided to start small with a vintage mirror (swiped from my parents’ attic), sleek jewelry box, and unique match strike to go with some candles. I don’t have a rug, or a lamp, or room for a chair, but maybe those things will come later on.
Add Some Green
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I’m a huge fan of having some sort of plant (even a fake one!) in each room of my apartment. It just helps bring some of the outdoors in and brightens up the mood of the space. Unfortunately, I have a bit of a black thumb, so I’ve opted for some dried eucalyptus in a simple clear vase next to my bed. It doesn’t need watering (so you can’t kill it), it looks great, and it smells amazing! And it’s only $19 for the whole bundle. I’d call that a win.
Inject Some Personality with Lighting
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While I do love the minimal aesthetic, it’s important to not go too minimal, otherwise you might end up looking like you live in an insane asylum. Having at least one unique piece that’s full of character helps bring the room back to life. This sort of overlaps with the previous rule, but I thought it was worth calling out specifically. Personally, I love a good unique and sculptural lighting fixture. I’ve always though a good lamp or chandelier spices up a minimal room just like a good bag spices up a minimal outfit. It’s just kind of meh, and then all of a sudden you are dressed.
Yes, I’m hearing myself make this comparison. Hopefully I’m not the only one who thinks of everything as a version of getting dressed.